Suggested Assessment Tools for Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI)

Page last updated: 29 October 2015

Suggested Assessment Tools for ACFI questions 1 to 4

The National Framework for Documenting Care in Residential Aged Care services (NATFRAME) was developed to assist age care providers with a suite of tools which supports evidence - based process and professional care practice.

The assessment tools included in the NATFRAME are considered to be best practice, the majority of which have been validated by research. The assessment tools cover five specific domains: social, cultural and spiritual; physical; functional; communication; and cognitive and mental.

The NATFRAME can be accessed at Natframe webpage.

Suggested Assessment Tools

  1. Mini Nutritional Assessment MNA
  2. Barthel ADL Index
  3. Physical Mobility Scale

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Suggested Assessment Tools for ACFI 12.3, 4a and 4b.

Specific assessment tools will not be mandated. The Department will provide access to recommended evidence based assessment tools through the ACFI webpage.

  1. For residents who are able to communicate, the Australian Pain Society’s Pain in Residential Care Facilities: Management Strategies - The Pain Management Guide (PMG) Kit for Aged Care recommends the use of the Modified Residents Verbal Brief Pain Inventory (M-RVBPI) to assess pain.
  2. Assessment for those with severe dementia or cognitive impairment is more problematic. The PMG Kit suggests the use of the Abbey Pain Scale or the Pain Assessment in Advanced Dementia Scale (PAINAD) to assess pain in these residents.

The PMG Kit for Aged Care is available at the Australian Pain Society website.